Monday, April 17, 2023

Speak No Evil of the Speak No Evil Remake

I guess it doesn't matter how many times I write out how Luca Guadagnino's remake of Suspiria almost singlehandedly changed my mind about remakes and how we'll always have the original so there's no reason to fret -- every time a remake is announced my brain immediately shrieks, "FUCK YOU" anyway. It's just the way I'm wired! It's the Gen X in me I suppose. Thankfully it takes me a minute to get one of these posts up and going and in that time I can remind myself to breathe -- that everything will be okay if James McAvoy stars in a remake of last year's pitch-black Danish thriller Speak No Evil. Does that movie need a remake? No, no it does not. Do I think that Blumhouse (who's producing) and James Watkins (the director of the Woman in Black remake) will make a movie that will feel even one-tenth as dark (or queer for that matter) as the original movie does? No I do not. But it's okay! We will indeed still have the original. The original is streaming on Shudder right now actually, and I recommend you go watch it. Here is my review of it from Sundance last year. The movie is one of those horrors about politeness -- two families make friendly on vacation and get drawn into each other's lives way way way past the breaking point, all because they can't seem to bring themselves to break social norms and say fuck this shit. That said, the other three adult roles will make for important casting, so we'll see where the film goes from here. (And also there's a good chance we'll see James naked if they don't chicken out, so there's that.) But seriously. Go watch the original. It will fuck you up all the way. 

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